17 November 2008

The Fixie Cargo Bike by Larry vs Harry

The World's First Fixie Cargo Bike
UPDATE JANUARY 2013:
The Coolville Bullitt was promptly bought by Andreas, a bike messenger in Stockholm, after I wrote about it back in 2008. It is still grinding up the streets of the Swedish capital. Lettering on the frame intact. Nice.

A little world premiere here on Copenhagenize.com. The world's first cool fixed gear cargo bike hit the streets today in Copenhagen. Larry vs. Harry, the Danish bikemaker, is growing from strength to strength on the cargo bike scene and their Bullitts are flying around the world.

You're seeing more and more on the streets here but it is the bike messenger crowd that seem to have embraced the innovative Larry vs. Harry bikes. The fixed gear fad still buzzes at the moment - keep an eye out for the wobbly ones at the lights. But why not cater to those who fancy a fixed gear experience [and can actually ride them] AND who have things they need to move around? It's 'logic for chickens' as we say in Danish.
The World's First Fixie Cargo Bike
The very best thing about this new fixie cargo bike is that it's called the Bullitt Coolville and Larry vs. Harry named it after me. One of my last names is Colville, which has become Coolville over the years. I thought Hans was joking when he said he'd make a Coolville but today I was thrilled to see the puppy. And not a little surprised to see that it was a fixie. THAT is irony if you follow this blog.

So, I already have a cocktail named after me and now a bicycle. I'm going for a street next. By the way: A Coolville cocktail is 5 parts champagne, 1 part grand marnier, 1 part vodka and a big slice of orange.
The World's First Fixie Cargo Bike
I'll be making one or many for Larry vs Harry at my earliest convenience. The Bullitt Coolville is a limited edition, of course. It's off to the National Museum quicksmart. Larry vs. Harry, however, will produce a fixie cargo bike on request.
The World's First Fixie Cargo Bike
Hans, from Larry vs. Harry. He's Harry.
The bike is amazingly light. Only 18.9 kg. And like the other Bullitt family members it is a treat to ride. There is nothing like it on the market. Fast and furious. Smooth and cheeky. The steering was exceptional, too.
The World's First Fixie Cargo Bike
We went down to The Lakes to take some photos of it and I went for a quick ride - I had to pick up my kids shortly - and I was loving it.

Here's a video by a bike messenger in the Netherlands, featuring the Bullitt in action. And here are Bullitts over Vienna, featuring some happy customers from Bikekitchen.net. Sure, sure, I like plugging my mates at Larry vs. Harry and Velorbis. But the only reason is that the guys behind these two companies are lovely, sweet people. I'll be honest and say that I prefer my Scrap Deluxe and my Long John - it's a personal style issue - but I love what Larry vs. Harry are doing, too. Both companies are cool, dynamic and marketing their products in bold, unique ways.

Since wandering into this bicycle world with these blogs, I've discovered that the bicycle industry can really be a whiny place, filled with bitching and complaining. It's like this a little bit in Denmark, but it's a small country so you can't really step on each others toes and in many ways it isn't a part of the Danish mentality. Once you go international, on the other hand, you see some really nasty tactics.

It's the exception, not the rule, but it really is quite childish sometimes. Not to mention fascinating from a psychological point of view. You can easily see car companies with all that bravado and macho attitude bitching at each other, but it's really strange to see it in the bike industry. Sometimes I'm pleased I'm just an observer on the sidelines.

So I like the people behind Larry vs. Harry and Velorbis for the same reasons I'd probably like the guys behind the Metrofiets or Haley Trikes, among many others, if I ever met them. Good karma, a love of craftmanship and a firm belief in their products. That's all you need.

Which is really what selling cycling is all about, as well as bikes.

Blah, blah, blah... I have a bike named after me!!!! Cooltastic!

12 comments:

Jamie229 said...

SO - how does it feel to be immortalised?

(PS - love the gold name and go-faster-stripe).

Kristoffer said...

Congrats!
Now just take the brakes off of it ;)

Zakkaliciousness said...

feels odd. :-)

one little front brake never hurt...

0tt0 said...

I´m quite curious to see whether the Bullitts are going to show long term stability. These are extraordinary bikes aiming on a market where large cargo bikes are often smiled at (we´re talking about fast moving bike messengers here, not about super moms). It´s also a market where reliability is
essential. The Bullitt´s aluminium frame is incredibly lightweight but will the tubing and the weldings withstand several years of heavy duty use? Aluminum frames are infamous for fatigue and cargo bikes are naturally affected by much higher loads than any other bike. There´s a reason why most cargo bikes, even the newer models, are made of steel...

Anyway, I welcome this new step in human powered transportation. Good luck to LarryVsHarry.

Anonymous said...

The bike industry is, indeed, a strange crew. I've been part of it for almost 30 years, and am proud to say that I am not one bit "burned out" and that I love them all - all the people involved, and all the bikes, even the really crappy ones. I'd rather see a rusty old Huffy riding down the street than the finest Gazelle gathering dust in a basement. If the bitching and whining ever gets to be too much for you, check these guys out: http://www.bikehugger.com/ They have a uniform policy of positivity, and they like all kinds of things. Val

r. said...

Have you tried a rear loaded (like the 8 Freight) cargo bike? If so, how would you compare the handling of a rear loaded cargo to a front loaded one? This question interest me for choosing a cargo bike, especially when heavily loaded (in the range 50-100 kg).
I have a hard time trying to find information regarding such comparison (and both for wide loads, like delivering furniture, and/or heavy ones, like delivering grocery).
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

"it was a fixie. THAT is irony if you follow this blog."

Indeed it is; and that is one of the few places where you and I part company.

When I build a cargo trike I wouldn't even DREAM of using anything BUT a fixed gear. More so now with the impending release of the fixed three speed hub.

Perhaps you, as do so many others, equate fixed gear with brakeless track bikes, but fixed gear only implies that the gear is fixed, not track bike, not brakeless.

Fixed gear is actually at its finest at slow speeds, especially where manuveurability might be at issue. The control, both backward and forward, at speeds so slow as to be almost unnoticible is unmatched by anything else.

Kristoffer: Now, now. You're being snarky. :)

As for the bike industry it got to me after, ooooooooh, about 30 years, so,
Val, maybe you're just running right on schedule. :)

Anonymous said...

Anonymous: No danger of burnout, here - I work for a major distributor and for a local shop, and am starting my own small business (for the second time) as well. Exhausting, yes, but I love it all, and can't imagine doing anything else. Well, yes, I can, which is how I know that I don't want to. Bikes rule! Val

William said...

To: Anonymous with the long post.
I'm one of those who always equated fixed gear with single gear. The concept of "A three-speed fixed gear" turned that upside down.
I think maybe you'll need to proselytize a bit, and spread the word. Make others see that fixed gear does not equate death-trap.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous with the long post."

Don't worry, I have a larger frame on order.

All circles are ellipses. Not all ellipses are circles.

The "track" bike is the circle of the fixed gear world of elliptical bikes. The degenerate form (in the mathematical sense, not the social; although . . .), not the only.

Think "Direct Drive" instead of "Fixed Gear" and you might be able to see things with less bias.

Because the internal planetary geared hub is CLUTCHED it is possible to make a direct drive, multi-geared hub that is also direct drive.

Click shifting, no coasting; which has nothing to do with whether or not you install brakes on the thing.

This is not something new, but a re-release of a classic (and revered) bit of S-A kit. Retro.

That larger frame I mentioned is a newly made "retro" (see my post on Cycle Chic) touring bike. Skinny steel tubing. Brazed lugs. Fat tires. Cantilever brakes front and rear. Although the design of the bike is veddy British I shall equip it with front and rear racks with top boxes and waxed canvas panniers that wouldn't look out of place in Amsterdam.

It will also have a double chainring; and a fixed gear.

It ain't no track bike. I do expect, however, that if after paying for it I can still afford a Sögreni bell it will be the finest city bike ever made.

At least for me. YCMV.

Anonymous said...

". . .a direct drive, multi-geared hub that is also direct drive."

P.S. My proof reader has been sacked.

Patrick said...

Immortalised in New Zealand?

Near where I live in Wellington there is a Colville St. My mate Craig Anderson lives there at #15.

http://maps.google.co.nz/maps?q=15+colville+st+wellington&hl=en&sll=-41.314676,174.787931&sspn=0.003965,0.006588&z=16

When you make it to NZ I'll take you round there.